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New Jersey will remain under lockdown for “a few more weeks,” Governor Phil Murphy said on Tuesday, but he and his colleagues are working on a plan to finally ease restrictions on tri-state areas.
When Murphy moved with the governors of Connecticut and New York to try to tackle the outbreak, he said they had begun discussing regional approaches to reopening states after they decided it was safe to do so.
“We’re not here yet,” Murphy said. “The house is still burning and we are still putting out the fire,” he added.
She has Monday’s words are an early indication that the New Jersey restriction paid off with a declining growth rate in corona virus positive cases, but that there was more work to reduce the number of new cases to zero.
“It will take more weeks – at least – to be smart and stay at least six feet long,” Murphy said on Tuesday.
Statistics show how far it is possible to return to normal life. Murphy announced Tuesday 232 other deaths, the largest in one day. There have been 1,232 deaths related to COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, with nearly 1,000 of them in the past week, Murphy said. There have been 44,416 positive cases since March.
He also ordered state parks and areas to be closed, adding to the long list of locations that were closed in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
“Nobody wants to see our situation back and go as much as I do … that is the single goal we all work on, but we need everyone in this to be with us,” Murphy said. “We can’t just flatten this curve. We have to destroy this curve.”
It is unknown when that might be – or how long it can happen, because experts anticipate the virus to return. But Murphy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke Tuesday morning about a big plan to lift home stay orders and reopen schools. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut was also in talks with the governors.
The key to determining when and how to reopen the country will depend on their ability to test residents and track their contacts to avoid other outbreaks, said Cuomo and Murphy.
“How do you start the economy again? How do you get back to work as soon as possible? This will go down to testing,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing, where he also announced the situation. the highest number of deaths in one day. “You have to know who has the virus, who has solved the virus, who has never had it, and that will be a test.”
New York has developed antibody tests to determine whether a person has a virus and is no longer contagious, but must be scaled up for widespread use, Cuomo said. New Jersey and Connecticut have expressed interest in joining New York to invest in companies that can help speed up the test, he said. There must be more extensive testing for the virus, he said, which has become a national problem that causes some people to not show symptoms that are not known to spread it.
“We are working on a plan with Connecticut and New Jersey because when we return, we are back together,” Cuomo said.
Dustin Racioppi is a reporter at New Jersey Statehouse. For unlimited access to his work which includes the governor of New Jersey and the structure of political power, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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